Bilingual Education/ESL Programs in AISD
- The Texas Education Code requires that school districts offer a Bilingual Education program at PK-6 for any language with 20 students or more enrolled at any grade level across the district.
- Texas law requires the teaching of both the student's native language and English. The state of Texas provides student textbooks in English and Spanish for Spanish-speaking students in a bilingual education program.
- AISD offers transitional bilingual education programs in Spanish and Vietnamese. In a transitional model, the native language is used to help students learn the curriculum and English; however, the goal is to move students into an all-English setting once they have met the standards to exit the program.
- Currently AISD has a dual language or maintenance bilingual program.
ESL Programs in AISD
- Texas law requires that students who do not receive a bilingual education program, receive an ESL program.
- Currently students in grades PK-6 whose native language is not Spanish or Vietnamese receive instruction through an ESL program which does not include native language instruction.
- All middle and high school students are served through an ESL program.
The Department of ELLs also provides community and parent outreach through training and community events. Through work with community organizations, the office has provided:
- A Spanish morning radio program that communicates educational tips for parents to support their English Language Learners.
- Annual events held by the Department of ELLs, such as La Feria, engage the Spanish-speaking community in educationally focused conferences.
- During the fall of 2008 the OBE/ESL initiated a parent program called E-Promotoras, which is designed to work with parents in their communities to learn pre-school literacy skills. These skills will allow the parents to support their English Language Learner before they begin school.